Rugby legend Gareth Thomas has revealed he was the victim of a homophobic hate crime at the hands of a 16-year-old boy.
"This morning I've chose to make what I hope will be a positive video", said the 44-year-old in a video posted to Twitter. A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
Thomas, who revealed he was gay in 2009, thanked police for their help during the incident and for allowing him to collaborate in a process of restorative justice, a form of mediation between a victim and an offender aimed at producing a positive outcome.
"There are an terrible lot of people out there who want to hurt us, but unfortunately for them there is a lot more who want to help us heal".
Thomas announced he was gay in 2009, becoming the first professional rugby union player to go public about their homosexuality. But, unfortunately for them, there's a lot more who want to help us heal.
"It's a human right that we are allowed to be who we want to be - but within this game if you're not the stereotypical male or female we expect you to be then we're allowed to abuse you for 90 minutes. So this I hope will be a positive message".
The 44-year-old was attacked in the Welsh capital by a 16-year-old boy who admitted assault.
It added: "Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police".
In a statement, South Wales Police said a 16-year-old boy apologised after Mr Thomas made a complaint regarding the hate crime.